Darwin, the capital of Australia's Northern Territory, was a place of aspiration and innovation in the mid-20th century. It aimed to transform itself from a remote outpost into a cosmopolitan city with a distinctive style. Many of its buildings from that era showcased its bold vision.

This site aims to bring to attention some of the most remarkable examples of Darwin's mid-century architecture that still stand today and many that have been lost. 

By no means is this an exhaustive list and in no way should be seen as authoritative. It is simply a way of identifying and preserving some of the modern architectural wonders spread throughout the NT. 


The buildings and infrastructure shown on this site are all built upon the unceded lands of Larrakia people, the Traditional Custodians of Garrmalang/Garramilla, the place we now call Darwin.

Across Australia, First Nations peoples have built adaptive, sensitive and robust structures for tens of thousands of years. This website should not be seen as prioritising the built environment post white settlement.

For more information on the built environments and First Nation peoples, the work of Professor Paul Memmott (anthropologist and architect) is a great resource.  

Submissions are welcome!

If you are aware of any shining examples of mid-20th century design located in NT, feel free to make contact.

Or if you have any information to add in relation to any of the structures, please shout out. This website is administered on a part-time basis, so please be patient.

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